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Steven W. Hernandez

DUI and DWI Attorney at Toms River, NJ

4.8   31 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

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ATTORNEY STEVEN W. HERNANDEZ IS A LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES AND LIMITS HIS PRACTICE TO DWI DEFENSE.

Steven Hernandez is a New Jersey DWI lawyer who specializes in DWI defense and uses his knowledge of forensic science and case law to protect the rights of his clients.  He is one of the few attorneys who regularly takes DWI case to trial.  He represents DWI cases all over the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Hernandez is a Sustaining member in the pretigous National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), actively participating in many of their rigorous training seminars they conduct. 

Mr. Hernandez has successfully completed the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and is one of a handful of NJ lawyers to be trained as a Field Sobriety Test Instructor and was the first attorney in New Jersey to receive his Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA) Certificate, by demonstrating knowledge of the science and forensic use of roadside sobriety testing.  He is also a certified Alcotest 7110 operator.

Mr. Hernandez has completed over 120 hours of analytical forensic chromatography, which is the manner in which blood and urine DWIs are analyzed. In 2014, he successfully completed the American Chemistry Society's (ACS) Lawyer-Scientist examination. 

Mr. Hernandez is on of the few lawyers recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Municipal Court Trial Lawyer.  

Attorney Steven Hernandez is dedicated to your DWI defense and uses his experience and knowledge to protect your rights.

Please visit his New Jersey DWI Blog for more information.

For a free case consultation, please call.

 

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Licensed for 18 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Steven W. Hernandez
805 Main St
Toms River, NJ, 08753

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Posted by Mike | April 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Job
Always calls back if not available immediately which I consider a big plus. Helped me get a DWI down to reckless driving which was a big relief. Pleased with the results.
Posted by jeff | September 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top Notch DUI Lawyer
Steve is my go-to lawyer for DUI defense. Steve is an expert in the science of the Alcotest and knows the ins and outs of the entire DUI process.
Posted by Sue | July 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable lawyer!
Mr. Hernandez was very assertive from our first initial phone call. Even though I felt horrible under the circumstances, Steve was reassuring, positive, and kind. I did end up surrendering my licence for 3 months which was such a relief! It could have been a lot worse. Mr. Hernandez always called back or answered the phone. Haily (his secretary) was also very knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you again! Sincerely, Sue
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Posted by Andrew | April 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I live in Georgia and hired Steven to handle my affairs in New Jersey. Steven was very informative and kept me in the loop on everything. I took care of my affairs very quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to refer Steven to the any of my friends and family who still live in New Jersey. Thank you very much Steven.
Posted by Chris | April 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case
Very honest and a stand up person excellent at what he does thanks for everything steve. Sincerely chris.
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!
I was faced with 6 tickets a DUI and a possession of marijuana charge which could have led to a revolked license, and much more. However Mr. Hernandez managed to work his magic and I was only charged with reckless driving and a 3 month suspension on my license. He has saved my life, literally! I would recommend him to anyone, and I promise I’m not just talk. If you need someone to handle the job, it’s this guy right here!
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steve is an excellent DWI attorney
Steve came highly recommended by an old friend who is also an attorney. He was excellent in explaining all my options in my case and different strategies we had. When the prosecutor tried to pull a fast one he kept them honest and was upfront about the possible outcomes and options I had. Because of this, we were able to get an outcome that was better than just pleading guilty and hoping for leniency. He was always quick in getting back to me if I had a question about the case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Job well done...glad I called Mr. Hernandez
I would not hesitate to call Mr. Hernandez if you are charged with a dui. Do not mess around. I was charged with going 104 mph on the parkway along with a DUI (.09), unsafe lane change, and careless driving. I have never been in trouble with the law, and didn’t know what to do. I was scared and nervous, and quite frankly, not sure what I should do. So I researched DWI lawyers and found that Mr. Hernandez is one of the best in the state. I called him and another top lawyer in the state, and decided to go with Mr. Hernandez. First, he knows his stuff. He truly is an expert in this field. Second, he is highly professional. On time and will always take your calls. Third, he doesn’t promise or guarantee anything. He will go over the options with you and give his recommendations, but he will not promise or guarantee anything except that he will work hard to assist you with the case. In the end, he helped me out significantly!! Extremely grateful for his services. He was able to get my dui dismissed, along with the careless driving and unsafe lane change. I pleaded guilty to the speeding charge, and was given a 30 day license suspension. So if you are in a similar predicament with a dui charge, call Mr. Hernandez immediately. Tell him everything honestly, and he will assist you to the best of his ability. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication on my case. This would have ruined my life, and I am forever grateful. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best DUI Lawyer, excellent representation
I have used Steven Hernandez to represent myself on multiple occasions. Each time I have been faced with High-Consequence charges, such as DUI, DWI, even being paired with speeding over 100mph. Mr Hernandez was able to investigate my case and provide me with excellent results. These results included dismissals of DWI, reduced fines, and NO jail time. I have had a great experience working with Mr Hernandez, he’s out my legal worries at ease.
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Response from Steven Hernandez April 17, 2018
Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Works hard for your case
Thank you Mr. Hernandez for all that you have done for me and my cases. Words can not express the outcome that you made possible for me. Mr. Hernandez is definitely the attorney to hire for any DUI case. Just purely amazed by what he was able to do for me.
Posted by Tyshaun | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks
Steven Hernandez was great!! He truly cares for his clients and works for you. I’m so grateful for the result at the the end of everything.
Response from Steven Hernandez November 17, 2017
It was a pleasure representing you. I wish you well.
Posted by James | November 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Delivered on his promise
Mr. Hernandez did an outstanding job handling my DUI case. I was facing a significant loss of license and prison time. When I met with Mr. Hernandez he was optimistic he could improve the outcome. His diligence, compassion and thorough knowledge of the law resulted in a much better outcome than I expected. He does not give up on you and I highly recommend him to anyone facing a DUI situation.
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Response from Steven Hernandez November 16, 2017
James, thank you so much. I am glad that you had the patience to wait it out. AS INsaid, this is how DWI's are won. However, I need to clarify that no promises, other than to be diligent and effective lawyer were made. I do not promise results.
Posted by Joe | October 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did what I paid him to do.
I had an accident and was arrested for DWI, and blew a .14. Mr. H. beat my case. I'm glad I hired him.
Response from Steven Hernandez October 20, 2017
Thank you for trusting me to handle your case.
Posted by Peggy | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I hired Steve Hernandez and he is an exceptional lawyer. Steve was very compassionate and gave me piece of mind, professional with an extensive knowledge of the law. Steve Hernandez got my DUI case dismissed, if you need an attorney I highly recommend you give him a call.
Response from Steven Hernandez September 10, 2017
Thank you. We work hard to achieve the best results.
Posted by Michael | December 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call Steve Hernandez Now!
Seven Hernandez is a great Attorney . If you have been charged with a DUI don't hesitate to call Steve he will fight for you 100 % . Its rare to find someone who really cares these days and Steve does. He got my DUI dismissed and a very favorable outcome I can't thank him enough. Call Steve you will not regret it.
Response from Steven Hernandez January 6, 2017
Thank you so much. Your trust in me and patience paid out. I wish you the best.
Posted by Steve | December 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in NJ hands down!
I was facing my 2nd dui plus 3 other charges and Mr. Hernandez got it dropped to a reckless driving charge. He was very professional and all around great guy.
Response from Steven Hernandez January 6, 2017
Thank you! You had a tough case, but in the end your faith and patience really helped.
Posted by Kevin | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Case Review
When I had the unfortunate experience of getting a DUI, I hired Steven immediately. I was very worried for what might happen. He said that I would not be going to jail and not to worry. He requested all of the relevant evidence and was able to get me a plea that dismissed the charge. I can't thank Steven enough for his help and would recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice.
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Posted by Brittany | August 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
No one better !
Before working with Mr Hernandez ,my daughter (her DUI) and I interviewed 3 other attorneys. Not one of them offered much hope. She was facing a minimum 7 months. When we spoke with Steve he was nothing but positive. Thanks to his due diligence and experience ,her loss was reduced to 3 months. Great job !!!
Response from Steven Hernandez August 22, 2016
Thank you for the kind words and review.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer. Fourt DWI taken care of
Mr. Hernandez and his team were able to get my fourth offense DWI conviction reversed and sent back for a new trial. The Fourth DWI was dismissed because by the time Mr. Hernandez brought the matter to court, the officer was not available. He did everything needed, from getting my medical records to hiring to right expert, etc. He was better than my last three lawyers.
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Response from Steven Hernandez March 18, 2016
Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
No other Like him!
Mr. Hernandez did an excellent job on my case. When I first hired him, I was in a heap of trouble. I was looking at prison time as well as a significant loss of license. Mr. Hernandez save me from both. As a disabled veteran, Mr. Hernandez was sensitive to my needs and kept in contact with the Veterans Affairs to make sure I was getting the care that I needed. Mr. Hernandez made himself available for me. He answered all my questions. In the end, he got me back with my family.
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Response from Steven Hernandez October 13, 2015
Thank You!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO & Chief DWI/DUI Lawyer
  • The Hernandez Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pool Attorney
  • Ocean County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Pool Attorney
  • Monmouth County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Robert L. Tarver, Jr.
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Ocean County Prosecutor
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Ocean County Prosecutor
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • Axion Labs
  • Cert. of Completion Forensic DUI Drug
  • 2014
  • Trial Skills University
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2014
  • Trial Skills University
  • Blood Evidence in DWI Cases: Mastering the Science
  • 2014
  • Axion Labs
  • Cert. of Completion Forensic Solid Drug Dose
  • 2013
  • MacCarthy on Cross
  • 2012
  • NCDD Summer Session
  • 2012
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • 2012
  • Axion Labs
  • Cert. of Completion Forensic Chromatography
  • 2011
  • NCDD
  • 2011
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Rutgers University, Camden
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998
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Legal Cases

  • DWI Dismissed in Lakewood
  • Dismissal
  • .14 DWI Dismissed in Port Republic
  • DWI dismissed!
  • DWI in Highlands Municipal Court
  • Lower tier DWI.
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Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Trustee
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2009 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2014 - 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2012 - 2014
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Sr. Legislative Coordinator
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Ocean County Bar Asso
  • Co-Chair Municipal Court Practice Section
  • 2010 - 2012
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Ocean County Bar, Municipal Court Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Board Certification in DUI Defense
  • NCDD
  • 2016
  • Certified Municipal Court Trial Lawyer
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 2015
  • Forensic DUI Drug Certificate
  • Axion Labs
  • 2014
  • Pass Lawyer-Scientist Examination
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2014
  • ARIDE
  • Impaired Driving Specialists
  • 2013
  • Certificate Forensic Solid Drug Analysis
  • Axion Labs
  • 2013
  • NCDD Summer Session
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion: SFST Instructor
  • Impaired Driving Specialists
  • 2011
  • Certified Alcotest Operator
  • Draeger
  • 2011
  • DRE Overview Certificate
  • Impaired Driving Specialist
  • 2011
  • Forensic Chromatography Certificate
  • Axion Labs
  • 2011
  • Certificate in Forensic Sobriety Assessment
  • Forensic Sobriety Assesment
  • 2010
  • Cert. of Completion for DUI Detection & SFST
  • Impaired Driving Specialists
  • 2010
  • Deans List
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination in DUI Proceedings, 2014 Edition
  • DUI Witness Preparation: It’s all about preparation and protection.
  • 2014
  • Inside the Minds: Navigating DUI Drug Cases
  • Defending the Indefensible, the Drug DUI Case
  • 2012
  • Trends in DUI Discovery, 2012 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Developing Effective and Innovative Discovery Practices
  • Discovery needed to successfully challenge a DUI Observation case.
  • 2012
  • Inside the Minds Negotiating a Plea Deal in DUI Cases
  • PLEAD OR TRIAL: WHEN PLEA BARGAINING DWI’S IS PROHIBITED!
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2018 DWI Institute
  • DWI
  • 2018
  • 2017 DWI Institute
  • DWI
  • 2017
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Handling a DRE case
  • 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Using Field Sobriety Testing in Municipal Court
  • 2016
  • 2016 DWI Institute
  • DWI
  • 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation Annual Conventional
  • Handling a DRE Marijuana case
  • 2015
  • 2015 DWI Institute
  • DWI
  • 2015
  • 2015 DUI Defense Lawyers Association Summer Seminar
  • Alcotest 7110 and 9510
  • 2015
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Handling a Marijuana DWI in Municipal Court
  • 2014
  • New Jersey Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Forensic Science & Municipal Court
  • 2014
  • DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Course
  • DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2014
  • Municipal Court for the Uninitiated
  • Municipal Court for the Uninitiated
  • 2013
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2013
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice Section
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2012
  • Atlantic County Municipal Defense Association
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2012
  • 12 Angry Credits
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2012
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2011
  • ABC's of DWI
  • DWI
  • 2011
  • Business Networking International
  • Why I defend DWI
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (37)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve has established himself nationally as a premiere DUI attorney. I have attended and completed advanced courses on DUI defense practices with Steve and have found him to be an excellent criminal defense attorney. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member to Steve for representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve and I co-counseled a sexual assault in Ocean and Monmouth County, New Jersey, where we were able to get the charges dismissed pre-indictment. Steve is an excellent resource for DWI law and is extremely knowledgeable on the most current topics"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is hardworking, intelligent and definitely a lawyer that you want in your corner. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to DUIs Steven is KING! He knows his stuff! I highly endorse him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven is a sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hernandez is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Lawyer and great person. Few attorneys in this country devote the time and resources necessary to obtain the legal and scientific knowledge necessary to effectively fight DUI cases like Steven. His expertise and skills are matched only by his compassion for his clients. I recommend him without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Steve at a gas chromatography seminar in Chicago and had the opportunity to discuss many of the issues related to the science of a DUI/DWI case. Steve impressed me right off the bat. Then I went to another DWI science seminar and there was Steve again. I tell you this guy has a thirst for knowledge, he is going to make sure that nobody and I mean nobody comes into his dojo (the courtroom) more prepared than him. Steve is a tireless worker and anybody that has Steve as his counsel is in good hands. I am also fortunate to call Steve my friend."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"New Jersey is one of America's most aggressive and punitive states, when it comes to DWI enforcement and sentencing. Avoiding the consequences of an adverse outcome --- either criminal conviction or implied consent loss of license --- or BOTH, are why he exists. he knows the courts and the many ways to find a way to win or to at least minimize consequences of a DWI arrest."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hernandez is an exemplary attorney that I would not hesitate to refer to anyone and everyone. He provides excellent and informed answers here on Avvo. I have been a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney over the past 24 years and I still regularly learn new aspects about the law from his answers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Hernandez is a dedicated advocate for his client. I can personally attest to his dedication to his clients as we both attended a course on cross-examination taught by the best cross-examiner in the world, Terry MacCarthy. This course was funded directly out of Steve's own pocket. Few lawyers take the time to educate themselves to be the best let alone fund the education themselves. Steve is who you want on you side if charged with a DUI/DWI in New Jersey."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have come to know Steven Hernandez through our mutual participation in the National College for DUI Defense, an international organization dedicated to fostering the very best in DUI defense. Through our discussions about the intricacies of DUI law, I can say with confidence that Steven has a deep knowledge in the field of DUI and criminal defense, and is a tireless defender of his clients. I am happy to know him, and to endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are many so called DUI/DWI lawyers out there who will take your case. There are very few who spend the time and money necessary to attend the best training available to make themselves a great DUI attorney. Steve is one of the few who does it the right way. He is one of the country's best trained attorneys on trial advocacy and forensic science. He has in depth knowledge of all areas of law and science necessary to fight for a citizen accused of an alcohol or drug related driving offense. When I need help in New Jersey I always reach out to Steve for his expertise and experience."
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